e-Transcript Service Demonstrates Demand to Utilize Electronic Means; Contract Renewed with Docufide

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The Midwestern Higher Education Compact renews its contract with Docufide, a company providing the delivery of an electronic transcript exchange system. Docufide was selected through a full Request for Proposal process. States implementing the program are Indiana, Nebraska, Michigan, Kansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. All MHEC states in the region are eligible to participate and more information is available at http://eti.mhec.org.

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“Students expect this technology and institutions are quickly adjusting to meet the demand,” explained Marshall Hill, executive director of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Higher Education.

In no small part due to the progress being made by states that are members of Midwestern Higher Education Compact, sending an electronic transcript has become a commonplace activity for colleges and schools. Well into three years of operation with Docufide, Inc., MHEC has recently renewed its contract with Docufide, a company providing the delivery of an electronic transcript exchange system. Docufide has a proven track record of sending nearly one half million electronic transcripts since the program’s inception to the Nation’s secondary and postsecondary schools (public and private).

The e-Transcript Initiative (ETI) evolved out of the successful initiative in Indiana. MHEC’s Student Access Advisory Committee composed of professionals from the twelve MHEC member states reviewed Indiana’s program, and selected Docufide through a full Request for Proposal process in 2006. Six of the MHEC’s 12 member states now utilize the program. States implementing the program have done so with minimal costs to the students. Indiana, Nebraska, Michigan and Kansas are fully subsidized, while Minnesota and Wisconsin students and families pay a nominal transcript fee.

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, high schools spend an estimated $6.70 per paper-based transcript processed. With an average of six transcripts per student being requested, that adds up to over $40 per college bound student. Colleges will also save money calculated at over $9 per incoming transcript.

“Students expect this technology and institutions are quickly adjusting to meet the demand,” explained Marshall Hill, executive director of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Higher Education. Hill serves as a MHEC commissioner alternate for Nebraska and also is the chair of MHEC’s Student Access Advisory Committee, which is instrumental in guiding MHEC’s mission of encouraging student access, completion and affordability. “We’re pleased to see more MHEC states sign-on with ETI, where implementing an electronic high school transcript system region-wide can reduce such costs and improve student’s access to college.”

“We look forward to having more MHEC states participate in the ETI and providing valuable additional services to current participants,” said John Reese, Docufide CEO. “ETI stands to bring substantial savings to the MHEC member states, especially during a difficult time of budget reductions.”

About MHEC
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), founded in 1991, consists of twelve states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. MHEC sponsors a variety of programs to reduce costs, to increase student access and to conduct policy research and analysis. The Compact is statutorily created and governed by a board comprised of five commissioners from each member state. Commissioners include legislators, governor’s representatives and higher education leaders. The Compact is headquartered in Minneapolis and led by President Larry A. Isaak. For more information about the Compact, please visit http://www.mhec.org or call 612-626-8288. All states in the MHEC region are eligible to participate, for more information on the e-Transcript Initiative go to http://eti.mhec.org or contact Jennifer Dahlquist, MHEC’s assistant vice president for cost savings, at 612-626-1602.

About Docufide
About Docufide, Inc.
Docufide is the leading provider of Educational Records Management services. Its flagship service, Secure Transcript, manages the ordering, processing, and secure delivery of student records for K-12 and postsecondary institutions nationwide. Secure Transcript saves schools money, frees up staff time, and improves student satisfaction. Docufide, Inc. is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with representatives throughout the United States. For more information please visit http://www.docufide.com.

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